Ketogenic diets create a shift in the body caused by seriously low carb consumption. The body becomes efficient at burning fat instead of carbs. Logically, it's a high fat diet: 3/4 fat, less than 1/4 protein, and less than 100 grams of carbs (from non starch veggies and no fruit). This diet excludes bread, grain and all variety of wheat.
I don't have epilepsy and I'm not doing it for weight loss even though that's often the outcome of a keytogenic diet. From the very first day on the diet my belly settled down and went quiet. As far as reflux symptoms which range from pain between the rib cage to hoarse voice, and gas, the only remaining symptom after five days is horse voice and it is subsiding. Here's the fun and kinda weird part, it's "on my diet" to eat bacon, cream cheese, fish, meats, heavy cream and butter. These photos show my homemade cream cheese which was seriously easy to make and came out fantastic!
The downsides of the keytogenic diet include over acidity, constipation and dehydration. It is not recommended full time. Most folks who use the diet it use it on and off. They put in periods of high carb consumption, especially if they're athletes. To combat the constipation I made the dehydrated crackers seen in the pic out of the pulp from my juicer, flax, garlic, a roasted red pepper, and a bit of molasses. They're pretty much all fiber and they're super yummy.
I don't like extreme diets and I won't be adhering strictly to this one because I learned what I needed to from it. Fats are not a bad thing. I have become more aware of the wonderful sources for fat like nuts, avocados, and olives. What surprised me is that I can eat a lot of fat and not get fat. But more importantly, I learned about and got good at eliminating starchy carbs and sugar which has made a big difference. A week on the diet had me learning the foods that have a lot of carbs and those that have none, and it made me aware of how easy it is to consume carbs in large amounts. It takes a real effort to eat a low carb diet.
I'll send another report on this in a week or two. Meanwhile, does anyone out there have a copy of the food fermentation potential table?
Man Discovers How Unproductive He is Without Caffeine, a photo by mikey and wendy on Flickr.
After 10 weeks of being caffeine free I came to the realization that I was not getting much done. Certainly busy work and mindless activities were no problem, but long concentrated work sessions were not happening. Here is to my return to the bean.
I have been making a effort to reduce the sweetness in our juicing and increase the greens. Our last one was a mix of spinach, celery and carrot and it came out great. This was also the end of our celery plants for the summer.
It's July and I wanted to see how close I was to my goal of reading 100 books during 2014. It looks like I'm only at 36 books so I'll have to up my reading a bit. I did take nearly two month off from reading while we were traveling so I think the goal is still achievable. Thanks to Goodreads for keeping track of this.
Our first morning home Mikey and I went out for a run. Two days in the car left us wanting to move and exert ourselves. This morning we hit a familiar dirt road that we always enjoyed. The road was familiar but not the feeling we had running it. A short 4 mile run in the desert felt like 10 miles in Wa. Before leaving NM we'd become water efficient, I could run 10 miles on 20 oz of water, but not upon our return. I blew through 20 oz in just 4 miles. I guess this is good training for us. If we're ever to enter the big ultra races we'll have to be adept at all climates and environments. Who knows, a 50 miler in 2015? We'll see.
High on the list of things that I don't ordinarily do is "go to the shooting range." I am no NRA card carrying member, hardly. I would be easier for me to align myself with the Quakers. In this unusual case, I went to the range to try out and get comfy with a new 9 ounce .22 calibor pistol that Mikey's dad bought us as a gift. The pistol is a great gift, its for camping, thus the light weight. It is seriously cute (in as much as guns can be cute) and it won't add excess weight to either of our backpacks. Before leaving I tried out a .45. Yikes!!!
We were on a 11.4 mile day hike in the Enchantments (near Leavenworth, WA) when we met up with Stuart the chipmunk. We call him Stuart because the first alpine lake we came across was Stuart Lake. He is into nuts.
Image: Reb Zalman with Ram Dass
I read Sufi magazine like a waited for treat, I give it time and space. I assure that I have time to consider it too. Every issue leaves me with something to process. To share a peek of this issue with with you, in addition to my own contribution you may look forward to the opening article, Perspectives on Climate Change by Alireza Nurbakhsh, that clarifies the difference between ethical and spiritual perspectives on calamities brought about by human nature. A feature on the Kogi people of Columbia reminds that not all the human beings of this earth have left the garden of eden. This issue also contains an interview with Andy Goldsworthy and photo spread of his nature based work, and an interview with activist and ecologist philosopher Satish Kumar who talks about an ecological world view and the climate for discussions of alternatives to capitalism.
You may find yourself a copy at Sufi. I hope that you do.
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